The Oilers have acquired Adam Larsson from the Devils for Taylor Hall.
Larsson, 23, was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, but has yet to develop into the premiere two-way defenseman that he was expected to be. However, at just 23-years-old he still has a lot of years to become the top-pairing defenseman that the Oilers are hoping they just acquired. He had 18 points (3G / 15A) in 82 games with the Devils last season.
The Oilers signed Iiro Pakarinen to a one-year contract worth $725K.
Pakarinen, 24, spent the majority of the year with the Oilers, where he scored five goals with eight assists (13 points) in 63 games. During his brief time in Bakersfield (AHL) he had three points (1G / 2A) in four games.
Talbot allowed two goals on 27 shots in the Oilers win over the Canucks in the final game at Rexall Place. Talbot has gone 21-27-4 with a 2.55 GAA and .917 SV% in his first season with the Oilers. Tonight he faces the Canucks again—he is 2-0-1 with a 1.31 GAA and .956 SV% in three starts vs. Vancouver this season.
Talbot surrendered three goals on 26 shots in the Oilers win in San Jose on Thursday. Laurent Brossoit started Saturday, so Talbot will go tonight vs. the Ducks. Talbot has won three of his last four starts while posting a 2.52 GAA, .919 SV% and one shutout. The 28-year-old has gone 0-2-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .939 SV% in three starts against Anaheim this season.
Brossoit surrendered three goals on 25 shots in the Oilers loss to the Avalanche last Sunday. Brossoit has gone 0-3-1 with a 3.23 GAA and .882 SV% in four starts this season. Brossoit’s NHL career has not gotten off on the best foot and he draws a difficult matchup in Los Angeles, where the Kings are 23-11-2 this season.
Talbot allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Oilers loss in Arizona on Tuesday. Tonight will be Talbot’s 10th start in March—he has gone 6-3-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .941 SV% in the first nine. Tonight he faces the Sharks for the third time this season—he is 0-1-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .932 SV% in the first two meeting between the two teams.
Talbot stopped all 40 shots that he faced in the Oilers shutout win over the Canucks on Friday. Laurent Brossoit started Sunday, so Talbot will go tonight in Arizona. Talbot has won two in a row and has gone 6-2-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .945 SV% in March. Tonight will be his third start vs. the Coyotes and he comes in with a 1-1-0 record, 3.38 GAA and .889 SV% in the first two meetings.